A Cincinnati-area restaurant owner who asked President Biden about his struggles to hire workers because he’s competing with expanded federal unemployment benefits said Thursday that the president didn’t answer his question.
“I was hoping he would recognize it is every industry’s dilemma,” he continued.
“We are in a labor crisis, and we need to find a way to incentivize people to get back to work. I just heard restaurants are going to have a hard road going forward, and that we need to pay our workers more,” he said. “That’s happening, and it’s still not enough.”
Mr. Lanni did not respond to requests for comment from The Washington Times.
“It really is a matter of people deciding now that they have opportunities to do other things,” Mr. Biden responded. “People are looking to make more money and to bargain.”
“My guess is that people making $7, $8 an hour plus tips, that’s — I think, John — you are going to be finding $15 an hour now. You may pay that already,” the president continued.
Some on social media blasted the president’s response.
“Watch: Joe Biden scolds a struggling small business owner to pay more to find workers,” RNC Research tweeted.
“This response is a joke,” Mr. Vance tweeted.
The president also pointed out that his administration worked to keep restaurants in business amid the pandemic. He told Mr. Lanni, “We kept you open. We spent billions of dollars to make sure restaurants could stay open.”
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